Donovan Mitchell joining NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest

Mitchell replaces Orlando's Aaron Gordon during NBA All-Star Weekend

SALT LAKE CITY (AB4 Sports) - Donovan Mitchell is going to very busy during NBA All-Star Weekend.

Mitchell will participate in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, replacing injured Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon.

Gordon withdrew with a hip injury on Monday.

"When I found out, I was excited," Mitchell told reporters. "I have a couple of ideas. I've been googling YouTube and watching old dunk contests. I'm definitely excited to participate."

Mitchell is already participating in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, but will withdraw from the NBA Skills Contest.

Mitchell exploded into the NBA as a rookie this season, shoulder to shoulder with Philadelphia's Ben Simmons in the Rookie of the Year race. He's shown a penchant for explosive dunks and could fare well in the event.

He will compete against Indiana's Victor Oladipo, Dallas rookie Dennis Smith, Jr., and Lakers forward Larry Nance, Jr. 

Mitchell, 21, is averaging 19.7 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds a game for Utah. He's had two 40-plus-point performances.

The Slam Dunk Contest is slated for Saturday, February 17th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The only Jazz player to win the dunk contest is Jeremy Evans, who did it in 2012.


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